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WisdomWednesday 16
Tip: Look Around with Awe
In continuing the theme of November being National Gratitude Month, I am going to focus all the WisdomWednesday tips this month on different ways to bring gratitude not only into your life, but into your daily practice.

Years ago I was teaching mindfulness at an independent K-8 school, and each week for 4 years, I went into the classrooms to teach different mindful lessons.

One particular day, I was with a group of 5th graders, and I had them step outside their classroom to look around outside and look for something they've never seen before. It's a fun practice in "Mindful Seeing" to look around as if for the first time.

These kids, most of whom had been there since preschool, were very cocky and had the attitude of "I've seen everything! Why should I look again?"

This one girl, looked around and said, "I've never seen the view."

Let me tell you - the setting of this school is beautiful! It sits atop a hill, with the views of surrounding mountains and hills - it's really gorgeous.

My first response was one of silent judgment, in which I thought, "You've been driving up and down this hill for the past 6 years; how have you never seen this view??"

But I didn't say that.

I said, "Now that you've seen it, you'll never not see it again."

That's awareness. That's gratitude. That's awe.

I encourage you to look around as if for the very first time - what do you think you'll notice? And more importantly, how can you harness this awe into all areas of your life?

Be grateful for the ability to see with new, fresh eyes. It just may have the power to change everything.

I'm grateful for you!!
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Joree Rose, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #93545 and founder of the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Northern California. She is the creator of the JOURNEY FORWARD WITH JOREE ROSE podcast, offers online courses in mindfulness and meditation, and leads retreats around the world. She also has two mindfulness books for kids published, speaks locally and nationally, as well as does corporate trainings in mindfulness. At the root of all her work, Joree guides her clients to JOURNEY FORWARD,  which means getting unstuck from what’s not working in your life (habits, patterns, outdated stories you are living by, relationships or jobs that are no longer serving you) and gaining the tools, shifting your mindset and integrating science-backed frameworks that will lead to lasting change towards your authentic happiness, peace and joy. A big piece of my work is my story –I have Journeyed Forward, and I am a living example of the tools I teach, so I know that not only do the tools that I teach work, but that change and growth is possible. Happiness is attainable!
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